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Arrow Boys say they occupy several areas in Western Equatoria state

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December 14, 2015 (YAMBIO) – A group of armed youth in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, known as the ‘Arrow Boys’, said their forces have been occupying several locations in the state, warning the government not to provoke them into further clashes.

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Arrow Boys seen here in May, patrol a village in south Sudan in an attempt to defend themselves from attacks LRA rebels (AFP)

The group which formed itself from the membership of the local youth and had been against president Salva Kiir’s government in protest of migrating pastoralist communities, particularly the Dinka community, which they accused of allegedly having been encroaching into their farmlands, said they have now joined the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former vice-president, Riek Machar.

The armed youth who are led by former information minister in the state, Charles Kisanga, and commanded by Brigadier General Alfred Futiyo, informed about the areas or counties their forces are present in and cautioned the government not to attack them or face retaliation.

“Our forces are present in Mvolo, Maridi, Bangasu, Bazu, Ngua, Mapkara, Rangu, Nzara, Ringas, Nagasi, Nandi, Ezo, Sar Isyubu, Tombura, Nagero and Mundri,” partly reads a statement forwarded to Sudan Tribune on Monday by their military command.

They claimed that as part and parcel of the SPLA-IO per their recent declaration to join the opposition faction under the leadership of Machar, they would respect the peace agreement he signed with president Kiir, but reserve the right to self-defence if provoked by the government’s forces in the area.

The group denied what they said were allegations from president Kiir’s government that an agreement was reached between the Arrow Boys and the government.

They however explained that they have been respecting the peace agreement signed in August, refuting allegations that their forces had been attacking government’s positions in the state.

The statement further revealed that a delegation from the Arrow Boys last week met with church leaders in the state and discussed the importance of keeping peace in the area.

According to the statement from the group, they claimed to have a force of 17,000 in membership and exercise influence over the majority populations in the state.

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  • 15 December 2015 07:36, by Kalo

    So-called Arrow boys,where were their when Western Equatoria was liberated from Jalaba by commandos of Intisar Brigade in 1990s, 80% were from Nuba,they were all in CRA and DRC,can any of them tell me how many people died in order to liberated those areas,radicals war.

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    • 15 December 2015 07:48, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Leadership is the only problem in South sudan govt and its advisory.Every tribes in this nation are all equal

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    • 15 December 2015 09:17, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Kalo, Arrow boys are criminals within or just primitive bandits. We will shot them down when we are back in juba. Let them wait for the real fighters not militias.

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  • 15 December 2015 07:47, by marie

    You forgot Samuel Abu John who liberated Western Equatoria and was never re-occupied by Jalaba. Apart from Rumbek, give me one Dinka town that was not occupied by Jalaba in the 21 years of the war. None. You cannot twist history.

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    • 15 December 2015 09:10, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Marie, would you please name a few cities or states that were liberate by Abu John. Give us only facts not general lie statements. Thanks!

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    • 15 December 2015 09:50, by Khent

      marie

      Why do you think that you can get away with these bare-faced lies? Our sons in Mour-Mour division were in control of Gogrial, Rumbek, Tonj, Aweil, Yirol and many other Dinka areas when the CPA was signed. We were also in control of Magwi, Yei, Kapoeta, Kurmuk, Kor, Yabu, Zanziber and many other areas...

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      • 15 December 2015 09:58, by Khent

        ..And just how can you claim that you were defending your lands from the North when you were firmly integrated into Khartoum’s militia network system? The Toposa militia worked for Khartoum; as did the Mundari militia; as did the Equatorial Defence force; as did the Didinga and Lotuka militias, and the Popular Resistance Movement/Army. Stop subjecting us to your nonsense.

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  • 15 December 2015 09:17, by Eyez

    Kalo
    What is wrong with you..have you given up on your failed far fetched dream to free the Nuba from the grip of the Jalaba or what, because, it seems you are now an adopted Dinka slave and is focused on defending your masters.

    You’re like an under wear wedged between dirty butt cheeks, where will you run if your gods, the Jienge reign demises in S.Sudan, because, Bashir is waiting to rape you.

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    • 15 December 2015 09:55, by Kalo

      Coward Eyez,I have right to comment at this article though i am not there,i participated in liberation of those areas,i know how we suffer to free people there,can you tell me which battle in SS you participated? for us with jalaba,we will not invite you though we liberated the land for you and you spoiled it easily,just look at YouTube and see the lessons we gave to jalaba,we fear no body.

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    • 15 December 2015 14:12, by Hardlinner

      Eyes. nuba people contribute more than other 63 tribes. only dinka contributed more than them. in fact they should be given dual citizenship. their people died on liberation of south sudan, therefore they deserve more than other 63 tribes.

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  • 15 December 2015 09:42, by Kalo

    Marie,Samuel Abu-John was just governor representing western Equatoria and politician man,he didn’t participate in battle field,those areas were liberated under leaders of Oyai Deng Ajak,Pieng Deng Majok,Chol Thon,Garang Mabil,Isaac Mamur,James Houth Mai,Atem Agok,Mach Paul,CDR James Kong,Kuol Manyang Jok,etc,the most participants Pieng and Oyai.

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    • 15 December 2015 10:44, by Eastern

      Kalo,

      Did all these SPLA commanders you mention not waste their times in the bushes of South Sudan and the Nuba mts for nothing? Why has SPLA/M veered off course of what it had set to achieve if the organisation is not pathologically decietful in nature? Please convince the fence-sitters why people must continue to believe in anything SPLA/M.

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  • 15 December 2015 10:50, by Eyez

    Kalo
    You’re just a brainwashed and a sold out Nuba slave who is stuck on stupid...I wished you know who really resurrected the SPLM/A after the aftermath of the split of Macher from Garang and bloodshed that followed between the two communities....have you ever heard of the General Mobilisation that was led by the late Equatorian Elder Hon. E. Surur....or you were just a foot soldier, fool!

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  • 15 December 2015 11:16, by Kalo

    Eastern and Eyez,all of you were just Nyagat and Refugees knew nothing about South Sudan,mother SPLM had done its best but spoiled by people like you claimed to be SPLM members but brain washed by Jalaba to betray your own people,idiots!!for greatest Equatoria commanders,i knew only Mamur,Louis Labong,Samuel Abujohn,Johnson Juma,Thomas Chirila defected from SAF, the best warriors Mamur &Thomas.

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    • 16 December 2015 12:29, by Eyez

      Kalo
      There is nothing you can say, apart from the Jienge propaganda that you have been ’spoon-fed’ so I would not indulge myself to converse with your kind, you’re of a lower class, and your thinking seems limited, because if you can’t acknowledge somebody like Commander Jadala and other tribes, then you’re an ass kisser, and I am an Equatorian. Go carry shit buckets in Khartoum, you idiot.
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  • 15 December 2015 14:14, by Hardlinner

    where is joseph konyi?. those arrow boys were armied to fight LRA and now the turn against the same goverment that help. remember arrow boys, LRA is still active.

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